Issues: Marcellus Shale


Natural Gas Severance Tax or Impact Fee – A False Choice

Pennsylvania should enact a severance tax on natural gas production. The need to enact a severance tax will not...

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October Payrolls Up Overall but Down in Mining, Logging and Schools

This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was down slightly to 5.1...

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Majority of Voters Blame Legislature for Budget Impasse, Poll Shows

In a story on Lancasteronoline today, East Hempfield Township resident Duane Smith made the same observation that our analysis...

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Proposed PA Severance Tax Meets Modified Goldilocks Standard – Not Too Big or Too Small, But Just Right

To restore funding for education, boost economic development and strengthen oversight of the gas drilling industry, Governor Wolf proposed...

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In Honest & Constructive Debate You’re Not Supposed to Make Up Stuff

Drilling industry representatives, some Republican legislators and their think tank supporters are ignoring Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s famous caution, “you...

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Unconventional Drilling Is Associated with Increased Hospital Utilization Rates

A new study by the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University finds that people living near active gas drilling...

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First of Top Five Facts About Drilling and Taxes in Pa.

Gov. Wolf has proposed a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas in Pennsylvania to provide funding for...

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Voters Like Gov. Wolf’s Budget Plan

The latest poll from Franklin and Marshall’s Center for Opinion Research shows that a solid majority of voters—58%—support Gov....

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Bursting the Shale Jobs’ Balloon

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has corrected “glaring errors” in the way it counts jobs related to...

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While Drillers’ Production Soars, Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee Stumbles

  The impact fee isn’t working for Pennsylvania, but it is for the gas drillers.  

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